Vegetarian Concoctions

May 15, 2007

Fondant cakes

Filed under: Cakes — Hema @ 10:45 am

These are the two cakes I baked recently. The first one for my daughter’s birthday and second one for her party the following weekend. This was my first experience with fondant icing…actually any kind of icing. I have hopelessly tried royal and buttercream icing with tips and have decided that it is not my piece of cake:) Fondant seemed so much more forgiving and easier to work with. I made the marshmellow fondant from here and baked up this cake on my daughter’s birthday.



I messed up the writing and did not like the orange color for the fonts after it was all done. My reference cakes
– for the daisies was this (scroll right down).
– and the border was this.

I got a little more courageous with my second venture and took the idea from here.



Frankly, I did surprise myself with the way the animals turned out. The trees gave me a hard time, so I turned them into bushes:) No points for guessing why they are behind the animals and why the candle is on top of the bushes:)))

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If you are wondering what the sticks are, they were supposed to be the trunks for the trees, but ended up in the trash can prematurely.

On the whole I did enjoy making the animals and Ananya loved the fact that I actually gave her the eeefant, jeeba, beea and yanon (elephant, zebra, bear and lion) to play with after the party was done.

As Asha suggested, I am sending my first cake to Coffee’s MBP, Something Sweet



  1. those are adorable!! happy birthday to your princess.

    Comment by bee — May 15, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  2. The cakes look lovely. And I love the animals too!


    Comment by mathy — May 15, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  3. Many More happy returns of the day ..

    Comment by Deepa — May 15, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

  4. for a first-timer the icing is indeed beautiful, esp. the animals. They’re so well crafted. Happy birthday, Ananya…. would you mind sharing the yanon with me:)

    Comment by Latha — May 15, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

  5. Just Fabulous! They do not look like the handiwork of a first timer.
    The animals look too cute.

    Comment by TheCooker — May 15, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

  6. WOW!!! That’s a beautiful cake.I bet kiddie enjoyed it:))I haven’t tried Fondant yet,got to do it.Thanks for that link Hema.Great job girl.
    Btw,you could send this to Coffee’s MBP with links etc,will be a great entry.

    Comment by Asha — May 15, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

  7. simply beautiful πŸ™‚
    thats great effort for sure
    and my wishes to ur little one πŸ™‚

    Comment by anusharaji — May 15, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

  8. Adorable the cakes are!

    Comment by Suganya — May 15, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

  9. the cakes look fabulous, great efforts, hope your kid had a great day too!

    Comment by Roopa — May 15, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

  10. The cakes are looking wonderful. They have a very fine finish.
    I am wondering what nice stuff you get there. I will have to be happy by wrapping the fondant on a table tennis ball for the animals πŸ™‚ ))) Will it work Hema?

    Comment by archana — May 16, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  11. Thats a gorgeous cake hema!!!!! Beautifully done!!! Have you taken any lessons from wilton? or was just just by looking at the site??? Its fabulous!!

    Comment by Coffee — May 16, 2007 @ 12:44 am

  12. Happy B’day to your daughter. Both cakes are too good. Keep looking at it for a while. Very nice. Viji

    Comment by viji — May 16, 2007 @ 12:53 am

  13. Funny… It actually looks good…


    Comment by saapatu raman — May 16, 2007 @ 2:22 am

  14. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L CAKE HEMA:) i too want eeefant, jeeba, beea and yanon for my b’day…. i am gla to know little princess enjoyed her day:)

    Comment by sia — May 16, 2007 @ 7:54 am

  15. Wow!!! Great looking Cakes!! Happy B’day Ananya!!!

    Comment by Aruna — May 16, 2007 @ 8:00 am

  16. wow, i’m dumbstruck by your recipes! and photos. Not to mention the cakes! wow, wow, wow! (I’m not barking, really) πŸ™‚

    Comment by shammi — May 16, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  17. amazing, i’m sure ananya must have loved those cute, edible animals πŸ™‚ great job hema.

    Comment by mandira — May 16, 2007 @ 10:12 am

  18. Thats alovely lovely cake…actually both of them. How did you make such cute animals !!! They are to die for, that elephant is so cute

    Comment by sandeepa — May 16, 2007 @ 10:19 am

  19. oohhh thats so cute mommy! lovely looking cake. I like the animals so much. Happy b’day to lil Ananya.
    it is so much pleasure when we bake our own cake for such spl. occasions.

    Comment by Sharmi — May 16, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  20. The cakes look fabulous…belated wishes to your little one…

    Comment by sunita — May 16, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

  21. Hi hema,
    Lovely looking cake…. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Menu Today — May 17, 2007 @ 7:16 am

  22. Hi,

    Both the cakes are very creative…

    Belated wishes for the kid.
    I liked very much you vadam was amazing….thanks for sharing.

    Comment by usha — May 17, 2007 @ 11:50 am

  23. Lovely cake Hema.My best wishes to Ananya

    Comment by soumya — May 17, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

  24. Hema,you stumped me!those cakes look so gorgeous!You did a great job with the animals.I am not that lucky in the moulding department,I must admit:)Great work..I am sure Ananya must have enjoyed the presence of her jungle friends on her birthday party,that too along with the cake!

    Comment by Vini K — May 17, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

  25. Hema, did I read this correctly — that was your *first* time making cakes like that?? I think you’ve missed your calling πŸ™‚ Just beautiful, both of them!


    Comment by outofthegarden — May 17, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

  26. Hema the cake looks lovely. You made the animals too they look awesome. Hope your little one loved them all and did she hava a good time?

    Comment by indosungod — May 17, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

  27. The Cakes looks lovely and yummy….HAppy Birthday to Ananya….

    Comment by Chinni — May 18, 2007 @ 9:54 am

  28. Your Cakes look soooooooooooooooo gooooood!!!!!! I wonder if I’ll ever be able to make such good icing….I’m sure your lil one loved it!! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Ramya — May 18, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

  29. wow hema couldn’t beleive that it was ur first time… what could i say.. simple amazing would be perfect.
    Belated b’day wishes to dear Ananya.

    Comment by prema — May 19, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

  30. Awesome Cakes!


    Comment by Kanchana — May 20, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

  31. Thanks all! I am having trouble commenting on my own blog. Any suggestions on how it can be corrected?

    Comment by Hema — May 21, 2007 @ 11:10 am

  32. Use a different browser. Your present browser might’ve crashed sometime back and might not be reading scripts properly.

    Comment by saapatu raman — May 26, 2007 @ 12:44 am

  33. […] to make this awesomely cute cake for your kid’s birthday!! Check out how Hema did it!!!! She took inspiration from these two […]

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  34. where are you? on a holiday? Missing your posts πŸ™‚

    Comment by archana — June 6, 2007 @ 7:21 am

  35. Well, they are just lovely, and truly labors of love.

    Just one comment though. I found your site through a Google search for “vegetarian fondant”, but as you may have discovered, your recipe is not in fact vegetarian. Most marshmallows are made with gelatin, which unless it’s specified to be vegetarian gelatin (usually agar), then it’s surely made from rendered animal hooves. Just thought you’d be interested, as your blog is titled “Vegetarian Concoctions.”

    All the best,


    Comment by Rebecca McDonough — June 12, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

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  37. hi hema…..those animals are too cute and the cake is smashing!! wow!! good job!!

    Comment by Arundati — June 27, 2007 @ 11:40 am

  38. more than a month..where are you ?

    Comment by sandeepa — June 28, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  39. wow…great animals…can’t belive you say this is your first time….both the cakes look very good.


    Comment by Srivalli — July 6, 2007 @ 4:13 am

  40. WOW!!!!
    You have done such a great job, Isnt it such a pleasure to do something special for our little special people and add to the memories they have of their childhood.

    Comment by mahek — July 11, 2007 @ 12:44 am

  41. those animals are way too cute!!! makes me want to be a toddler again – πŸ™‚

    jeeba, beea, eeefant and yanon just rock

    Comment by lakshmi — August 15, 2007 @ 12:19 am

  42. Hema, you are an artist! I am remainded of the days when I used to make teddy bears cars and double deckers for my toddlers.
    now daughter is married and my son is 19.Waiting for a grandchild!

    Comment by lathanarasimhan — August 16, 2007 @ 1:28 am

  43. Wow! What a beautiful cake! I love the one with the elephant my kids would love that. πŸ™‚ Nice blog with great pictures. Feel free to visit my blog too πŸ™‚ Click Here For Food Recipes

    Comment by jeena — September 1, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

  44. I am new to your blogs but enjoyed reading them. How do you go about blogging? Even I want to bake a simple cake for my daughters. I have a small oven. CAn you help.


    Comment by Goda Krishna — October 2, 2007 @ 9:57 am

  45. Dear Hema,
    Wow! For a first time that icing has come out pretty well. The animals made for Ananya are great. Good going!

    Comment by pritya — November 3, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

  46. the fondant figurines look beautiful!!!! I used a marzipan animal site as reference for moulding!

    Comment by dotmom — December 20, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

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  48. Hi Hema,
    The animals on your second cake look awesome and so cuuuuuuute!Great work!

    I never ate a fondant cake. Just wanted to know if they kids like fondant cakes?

    Comment by Harini — April 21, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

  49. Thanks Harini,

    I used fondant because it is easy to mould and roll. It is a tad bit sweet for my liking though. Kids and most adults prefer buttercream or whipped icing as far as I know.

    Comment by Hema — April 29, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  50. The cakes look excellent….real wow!!

    Comment by s — June 30, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

  51. this isnt vegetarian…

    Comment by sarah — February 9, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  52. This is so not vegetarian!

    Comment by caitlin — February 20, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  53. uhm….not to whine, but marshmallows contain gelatine…which is made of animal bones… and crisco? idk, this is def. not vegeterian, i have to agree with caitlin. beautiful cake tho.

    Comment by dido — March 16, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  54. How did you make the fondant vegetarian?

    Comment by linny — May 23, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

  55. Yeah, I came here looking for a vegetarian fondant, and this definitely isn’t one if you used regular marshmallows ):

    Comment by Krista — July 24, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

  56. I would like to educate you on your “Vegetarian Concoctions” entry of a cake iced with “marshmellow Fondant”.
    Marshmallow’s main ingredient (unless you have bought vegan or vegetarian marshmallows) is gelatin. Gelatin is made from rendered bones, hooves, cartilage, connective tissue and tendons by pre-treating them with either a strong acid or other strong base to break down cellular structures and release proteins like collagen.
    Hardly vegetarian.
    I hope you did not pass this off to your vegetarian guests as something that would be safe for them to consume.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Michel — July 30, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

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